British lorries

Discussion in 'transport' started by ajdown, Dec 6, 2008.

  1. ajdown

    ajdown Posting in this thread

    Is anyone round here a lorry enthusiast?

    I'm trying to find out some makes and models of lorries that would have been new and seen on UK roads in the early to mid 1980's - and can't find shit online.

    I'm trying to find some 1:76 model ones to put on my model railway, but none I can see on Ebay show the registration plate to give me a clue as to whether they're right or not. There seems to be a huge pile of 1960's or before lorries, or ultra-modern, but nothing in the middle that I can see obviously.

    It was worth the cost of a post here to see if anyone could help or point me in the right direction.
  2. cybertect

    cybertect It's grim up north (London)

    EFE do some 1:76 commercial vehicles along with their die-cast model buses (I have a few of those :))

    They have quite a few based on their Bedford TK castings that would be suitable for late 70s through to mid-80s. link (the Schreiber, VG Stores and BRS Truck Rental ones for example).

    e2a: better link which quotes registration numbers for each of the models. Most of them are mid-late 70s.

    The Roadline rigid box van carries an 'S' plate, the Watneys flat bed carries a 'T' plate (1979/1980).

    1982/83 'Y' plate on the Pickfords Luton van
  3. Detroit City

    Detroit City This post is my opinion..

    are you talking about trucks??
  4. cybertect

    cybertect It's grim up north (London)

    Yes. It's a British term for them :)
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  5. Detroit City

    Detroit City This post is my opinion..

    in that case, yes, i like them
  6. longdog

    longdog What is it you can't face?

    Leyland Roadtrain (out by road, home by train, horrible bags of shit), Ford Cargo (spit), Ford Transcontinental (fantastic truck), Scania 141 (VROOOOOM!!!), Bedford TM (please god never again).
  7. moose

    moose like some cat from Japan

    Get the Scania!!

    If only because it inspired this rubbish bit of truck porn.
  8. MikeMcc

    MikeMcc Well-Known Member

    You are jesting! The TM is fantastic, loads of power to do what it does. Only truck I've managed to get 90 out of, startled a few car drivers as I overtook them :):cool:
  9. skyscraper101

    skyscraper101 0891 50 50 50

    China Drum got their name from the brake pads on Scania lorries.

    True fact that.
  10. davesgcr

    davesgcr Reading books

    Volvo F86 (as used by Freightliners Ltd - part of BR)
  11. timebomb

    timebomb Leylandlubber

    I'm certainly a lorry enthusiast.

    Have a look on ebay for a brand called Base Toys, they make a Leyland Roadtrain (I've got one). They are quite cheap too, not up to EFE or Lledo/Corgi standards in 1:76, but good for the money.

    They also do a Ford D series which would be ok and you might be able to get away with their AEC MkV Mercury too. Smaller firms do keep lorries longer, I was in front of an early eighties Volvo F7 8 wheeler this morning which I see a lot carting sugar beat....I've even seen an Atkinson Borderer on sugar beat a couple of years ago.
  12. timebomb

    timebomb Leylandlubber

  13. timebomb

    timebomb Leylandlubber

    EFE also do the Leyland/AEC Ergomatic cabbed models, which wouldn't be too out of place in the early eighties either.
  14. Jayen4

    Jayen4 Worn out trucker !

    You could also consider: Dodge Comando (100 series).
    Leyland Roadrunner.
    Volvo F86 / F7 (actually built in Irvine,Scotland).
    Bedford TK / KM /TM.
    Ford Cargo (81-93)...had plenty of those.
    Oh and what about the ERF B and E series.

    My favourite waggon of all time tho',has to be the old F8 cabbed M.A.N's....What great trucks they were. Great German build quality and had a lot of the features (air suspension etc) of much later trucks. I had a few of those too....the best one was a 22.331,which I had 're=powered'. That baby could stay with a Volvo F16 470 !! The Volvo's owner couldn't believe it ! lol
  15. beesonthewhatnow

    beesonthewhatnow going deaf for a living

    Pics, details, trackplans etc or GTFO :D
  16. hash tag

    hash tag never too old

    A big bump for a big thread as it were; I didn't think it worth starting a new thread. It's a shame that ajdown is not around still as this would have been perfect.
    Bet a pound to a penny, come rain or shine, hell or high water that Mrs Tag will drag me out to this in a few weeks to see them off from silly o'clock at Crystal palace
    Historic Commercial Vehicle Society
    For the record, I quite like a nice mobile crane meself

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  17. Poi E

    Poi E Pessimism: a valuable protection against quackery.

    Looks interesting, but nowhere do they put the times on...
  18. StoneRoad

    StoneRoad heckling from the back!

    hash tag - I'll bet that run starts at 0800.

    If you get to see it, I'll be really jealous.

    There used to be one from Carlisle to Tyneside / Beamish - it was organised by the late Eddie Stobart, and used to come past my house. We parked my old AJS etc outside, sat on the wall with a camera and listened for the waggons climbing Greenhead Bank !
    Poi E and hash tag like this.
  19. hash tag

    hash tag never too old

    HCVS do runs all over the place I'm sure. This will start 08.00 if not earlier, some are very slow, the likes of the odd steam lorry etc. They will of course be there mustering earlier.
    yes, I hope to be there.
    At least if you seem them at the start, you will see all of them, allowing for the ones that don't make it.
  20. Poi E

    Poi E Pessimism: a valuable protection against quackery.

    Cheers. Will take a look.
  21. hash tag

    hash tag never too old

    To give an idea of the variety, range and age....(pictures not the best ones but included for overview)
    From this
    to this
    to this
    and lots more in between :)
  22. hash tag

    hash tag never too old

    A great morning, possibly Mrs Tags favourite event of the year, after the great Dorset. Less than 10 made failed to make the start and 40 were denied entry due to lack of room in Madeira Drive.
    I think we saw 3 steam wagons. There was a smattering of WW1 vehicles, a host of beautiful coaches and fire engines, a few low loaders, breakdown lorries an ice cream van from 1929 an old ambulance, even a skip lorry.No cement mixer this year. Thinking about it, ive never seen an old hearse at one of these events, no can I remember an old taxi, though a number still exist.

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  23. dessiato

    dessiato Ua Mau ke Ea o ka ʻĀina i ka Pono

    When I first met my wife she told me that her grandfather's Model T van was still in the stables. Sadly, when I finally got to visit her stables it had gone.
  24. Poi E

    Poi E Pessimism: a valuable protection against quackery.

    We smelt these all the way out onto the M23 on Sunday morning :)
    "Visit her stables". Such a delicate ephemism. :D
  25. hash tag

    hash tag never too old

    soton.JPG Not only applicable to lorry's but steam, tractor's Etc. It's amazing the different vehicles that you see just by attending a show a few miles away from a similar show.
    We recently went to this near Reading Stoke Row Steam Rally - 9th & 10th June 2018 followed by this this weekend near Southampton and I'd swear we
    saw many vehicles that we had never seen before at each rally. From Saturday...
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